It's a cliche, but most cliches are true, aren't they?
I'm tired. But it's a good tired.
And what feels good was seeing how much fun all the kids - and adults, if they admit it - had at Saturday's Holly Days celebration at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.
Like most community events, it takes a lot, and I mean A LOT, of hard work by what is usually a small (in this case VERY small) group of dedicated volunteers to do the heavy lifting.
And I can tell you, some of those big tables at the fairgrounds ARE heavy.
We were putting the finishing touches on things just as folks started filling in, so it all worked out. And I'm glad to be part of something the community always enjoys.
For those who missed it, the Holly Days promotion is designed by this newspaper (I can assure you we don't make money off the event) to promote local holiday shopping at Rifle merchants.
Local participating retailers hand out one Holly Days raffle ticket for every $10 spent at their stores. Those tickets give that customer a chance to win prizes donated by retailers throughout the community at the Holly Days celebration.
Here's something else that makes my tired bones and muscles feel good:
An unofficial raffle ticket audit of this year's event found the program generated close to $275,000 in business for local participating retailers.
In this economy, I don't think that's small potatoes by any means. And if you read our front page story last week about Rifle's sad sales tax situation through September, I think we did something that should help boost the figures. Even if it's just a little when all is said and done.
Holly Days has been held for 17 years now and I think it's become something a lot of Rifle folks enjoy and are proud of during each holiday season. After all, it's our dollars that helped our friends and neighbors out by giving them a little extra business at their stores during a time when it's so important.
I like to think that our event, along with the city of Rifle's "Rifle Bucks" promotion, has been a boost for local businesses during the holidays. And that's something we all get to share in.
It makes my aching joints, bones and muscles feel a little better knowing people had fun, some took home prizes and we all had a chance to come together as friends, relatives and co-workers.
Happy Holly Days.
Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.